In Conversation with Anurag Kashyap and Nawazzudin Siddiqui #ZEEJLF

Anurag Kashyap - Jaipur Literature Festival 2018

Seeing one of the best directors, our country had produced was indeed, an experience to remember for a lifetime. Well, guess who was in the house? None other than the director of the cult classic film, “Gangs of Wasseypur” – a movie which required craftsmanship of the highest order.

When the “Hitman” Anurag Kashyap stepped into the AU Bank Samvad Section, the crowd there was in for a treat.
The man, as humble as ever, shared his experiences and thoughts on the film industry. How did he write 100 pages in a day? His days of struggle at the Prithvi Theatre. Surely the man taught us to “Count your failures, not your success.”

Anurag Kashyap

Kashyap Sir spoke about how Indian Cinema has been rotting and how it needed to be given a direction. Be it an art film or a commercial drama, a film is a film and should not deter from its vision.
He talked about the dilemma in which Kashyap Sir was in after his first film Paanch was shelved and how He didn’t allow himself to be stuck in a bubble of failure. It took Kashyap sir seven long years and a bitter struggle behind the scenes to make his political thriller, Gullal; which indeed was a compelling watch. The film had an ensemble cast consisting of names like Piyush Mishra, Kay Kay Menon, and Mahi Gill.

Jaipur Literature Festival

A Lady asking question to Anurag Kashyap

As the saying goes, “Life is not a straight line. A straight line in ECG means death.”
Well, work hard and struggle to reach the peak. If you are to showcase your vision to the world, the best friend who will always be there for you is your pen.

Anurag Kashyap and his fans

Interaction with the Fans



The festival was a sight to behold, which sparkles all around. The time had then come for us to go towards the Bank of Baroda Front Lawn which was crowded to the brim. Somehow, we made our way through the crowd and reached the area.

The crowd was inevitable, as “Fazal” was here. He needs no introduction. Nawazuddin Siddiqui was here as well along with Nandita Das for their film, “Manto: The Man and the Legend”.

Nawazzudin Siddiqui

The film which chronicles the life of Saddat Hasan Manto- the man who was tried for obscenity for his controversial content.
Siddiqui’s witty use of words, his ability to mold himself into the character is an art that many actors would kill for. Kudos to Nawaz sir for being true to his art and being able to inject life into any film with his performance. Well, this film is surely on the top of my bucket list. Coincidentally Nawaz sir has not even charged a single penny for portraying the role of Manto. With that, sir, you  have earned our respect as you have now emerged as a ballbearer for many great actors waiting in the wings.

Your story will continue to inspire a generation to come. Behind every story of success, there lies a story which we somehow forget.


Guest Blog Post
This is a collaborative blog post by the Angkuran Dey and yours truly.
He is a Journalism Student of Amity University, Noida and an aspiring writer. Angkuran runs his blog and writes on Wattpad. Apart from studying he is also interning at Sportskeeda.



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